Aug 18, 2022  
2022-2023 Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Catalog

Art


Professors: Savage (Chair), S. Smith
Associate Professor: Corso-Esquivel, Starr
Assistant Professors: Dietrick, Kyo, St. Clair
Visiting Assistant Professor: van Beek

Major Requirements (A.B. Degree)


The Art Department is designed around two principal areas: creative practice and critical studies. You can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in either Art History or Studio Art, and the two disciplines are closely entwined. Our goal is to encourage creative approaches to learning in all disciplines as part of the broader Liberal Arts curriculum. 

Whether you pursue the major with an Art History or Studio Art emphasis, you must take 11 courses as defined below.

Emphasis in Art History


Nine Art History courses including ART 100*, ART 400, and ART 402 and two Studio Art courses below the ART 200-level in two different media.  Of the remaining six Art History courses, at least one course must fall into each of the following three categories:  art prior to 1800; art after 1800; and the history of architecture.

*AP 4 or 5 in Art History gives the student credit for ART 100 including credit for the Visual and Performing Arts Ways of Knowing requirement. 

Art History courses cover art and architecture from the classical period to the present as well as the theory of art. Courses on Greek and Roman art, taught by faculty members in the Classics Department, count toward the major.

We try to engage our students in “doing” Art History both in and outside the classroom. We encourage you to travel to exhibitions and apply for internships in local museums and galleries. 

Senior Art History majors enroll in a capstone seminar on a subject of interest to our art historians that includes a travel component. Recent offerings have included trips to fin de siécle Vienna, Ancient Greece, the Gothic cathedral, Orientalism in French painting, Spanish art, the art of Edouard Manet, and the art of Gustave Courbet.

You also may travel to New York (usually over spring break) as part of the modern and contemporary art courses.

Emphasis in Studio Art


Nine Studio Art courses including ART 397 in the junior year and ART 401 in the senior year and two Art History courses, one of which must have an emphasis in the 20th, and/or 21st century (qualifying courses vary each year).

*AP 4 or 5 in 2-D Design, 3-D Design, or Drawing gives the student credit for ART 199 including credit for the Visual and Performing Arts Ways of Knowing requirement.

Studio Art courses are available in these five areas:

Digital - investigation of methods of artmaking using digital technologies to improve our digital literacy, visual thinking, and technical craft.

Drawing - the structure and articulation of natural and non-objective forms through mark making and analysis of composition in a variety of media.

Painting -  the exploration of color, pictorial organization and critical dialogue using a variety of media.

Printmaking - the history and techniques of printmaking including intaglio, lithography, screen printing and digital methods.

Sculpture - three-dimensional concepts in a variety of media focusing on material and spatial relationships, critical dialogue and technical processes including woodworking, welding, moldmaking, 3-D printing and bronze casting.

Notes


  • Up to five transfer/abroad credits can apply toward the major with the approval of the Art Department after the courses are completed.
  • One course may fulfill two requirements, but that does not reduce the total number of overall requirements (11 for major).
  • A student can major in Studio Art and minor in Art History (or vice versa), but may not double major in Studio Art and Art History.

Minor Requirements


A minor is offered in Art with emphasis in Studio Art or Art History.  In either case, six courses are required, to be divided as follows:

Emphasis in Art History


Six courses in Art History, including ART 100*, and at least one course in the history of architecture.  One Studio Art course may be substituted for one Art History course.

*AP 4 or 5 in Art History gives the student credit for ART 100.

Emphasis in Studio Art


Six courses in Studio Art, of which at least two must be at the 200 level.  One course in Art History may be substituted for one Studio Art course.

Notes


  • One course may fulfill two requirements, but that does not reduce the total number of overall requirements (6 for the minor).
  • A student can major in Studio Art and minor in Art History (or vice versa), but may not double major in Studio Art and Art History.

Honors Requirements


Students having a 3.2 overall average and at least a 3.5 average in the major may apply to the faculty for participation in the honors program.  In the case of an exceptional academic record, together with a thesis or exhibition of the highest quality, the department may confer high honors.

Honors in Art History


Candidates for honors must have a 3.2 overall GPA by the end of the junior year and a 3.5 GPA in art by the time of graduation. For requirements, see Art 496. If, in the opinion of the faculty the thesis does not warrant “Honors,” a letter grade will be assigned for ART 496.

Honors in Studio


Candidates for honors must have a 3.2 overall GPA at the end of the junior year and a 3.5 GPA in the major at the time of graduation, including an “A” in Art 401.  All students will complete a solo exhibition in the spring semester of the senior year as a requirement toward graduation.  If, in the collective evaluation of the studio faculty, the exhibition and accompanying statement reflects an exceptional level of quality and ambition, honors may be awarded.

Art History Courses


100-level courses are intended for students with no background in Art History. These are survey courses designed to introduce a large body of work. 200-level courses are designed for both the major and the non-major. 300-level courses technically do not have any prerequisites, but students are warned at the onset that these are advanced courses. Seminars (not limited to majors) and independent studies are also in this category. 400-level courses are limited to majors in their senior year.

Studio Art Courses


100-level courses fall in the “Basic” category, and are divided by medium.  There are no prerequisites.  200-level courses are the “Advanced” category, again divided by medium. To enroll in one of these courses the student must have taken the basic course in that medium at Davidson. To enroll in an independent study, the student must have taken both the basic and advanced course in the medium of choice. 400-level courses are limited to majors in their senior year.